Bratislava Hlavná Stanica (Main Train Station)
The main train station of Bratislava is locally named Hlavná stanica (in train timetables often Bratislava hl. st.), which means main station in Slovak. Basically all international and long-distance trains arrive and depart at this station, including those to Prague, Budapest or Vienna.
Hlavná Stanica Location and Directions
The station is located outside the historical centre in the northern part of the city. The square in front of the station is Námestie Franza Liszta and it is at the junction of two big streets: Štefánikova and Šancová. The Old Town is about 15 minutes’ walk to the south. You can see the station’s location on the map below.
How to Get from the Station to Old Town
In about 10 minutes walking, Štefánikova street (one of the two big streets) takes you to Hodžovo námestie, which is in front of the Presidential Palace in the north-western corner of Old Town. From there (the street’s name becomes Staromestská – Old Town street) it is further 10 minutes to Bratislava Castle and the New Bridge (Nový most or Most SNP), the iconic bridge with the “UFO” at the top.
If you don’t want to walk, there are frequent buses in this direction. The bus stands are directly at Námestie Franza Liszta in front of the train station.
There are also trams – tram number 1 takes you directly from the main train station to most places in the Old Town, including Obchodná street, Námestie SNP and the riverside. Tram services to the train station had been suspended in the recent years due to poor track condition, but have reopened after a renovation in 2014 are now fully operational. The tram is probably the easiest for foreign tourists to navigate. It doesn’t go through Štefánikova street though, but slightly more to the east.
If you want to get to the south bank of the river, you need to take a bus – trams don’t go there.